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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Activities
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:00pm

Grafton Tyler Brown: African-American Lithographer

An illustrated presentation

Join us and historian Robert J. Chandler for an informative and entertaining presentation on the African-American lithographer Grafton Tyler Brown.

Members & Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Now, Voyager (1942)

February 2016 - An Affair to Remember

A repressed spinster blossoms under the guidance of a psychiatrist in this classic melodrama.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Morningstar Investment Research: Financial Intelligence Pays Off

Learn how to retrieve investment research, analyst reports, and recommendations for thousands of mutual funds and stocks using this resource.

Members only; Free

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Incarceration and the Path to Reform

A Conversation with author Baz Dreisinger, SF DA George Gascón, Jacques Verduin of Insight-Out and GRIP, and former inmate and GRIP graduate Terrell Merritt

Join this discussion about one of the most important issues of our time with experts in the field; and see how San Francisco is modeling a new paradigm for rehabilitation and issues of human rights for those incarcerated.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Educators Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Windows on the World: Writing Beyond the West
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Windows on the World: Writing Beyond the West

Writers from Nigeria

Behind the faraway conflicts shown on TV and social media, ordinary people struggle with universal issues: love, work, family, community. From this turmoil comes some of the world’s best writing. In four sessions led by author and teacher Carol Verburg, explore four non-Western countries from the inside, guided by their writers.

Members $40 for the series ; Public $60 for the series

Activities
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers' Lunch with speaker Vicky Walker

What Editors Want From Writers - And What Makes Them Avoid Your Email

Join us and Mechanics' Institute member and magazine editor Vicky Walker for a brown bag lunch and chat about What Editors Want From Writers - and what makes them avoid your email.

Members only; Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Casanova (2005)

February 2016 - An Affair to Remember

The great 18th-century lover circumvents misunderstandings, the Inquisition and his conquests' clever resistance in this Venetian romp.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Mechanics' Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours


Reserve a half hour one-on-one appointment with a librarian to work on questions regarding your email, eBook readers, making the best use of the Library's online features, safely managing your social media accounts, or any other computer- or technology-related questions.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Grow Your Family Tree: Ancestry Library Edition

Want to research your family history? Now’s your chance with our subscription to the Ancestry database which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Members only; Free

Activities
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Shakespeare and Cervantes

With SFSU professor and writer Bruce Avery

Shakespeare and Cervantes created some of the most memorable heroes in Western literature. We will look at the notion of heroism, of anti-heroism, and through dramatic readings and textual analysis explore the heroic and the anti-hero in the works of these two monumental writers.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Humanities West Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce

This modernist bildungsroman traces the religious and intellectual evolution of Stephen Dedalus. Widely considered to be one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century, this book will be discussed over two meetings of the World Literature Book Group.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Beginning Search: Poking Around the Engine

You know a thing or two about the web. Sure, you can search for cat videos, but how do you know you’re finding the BEST cat videos on offer?

Members only; Free

Activities
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00pm

How to Read a Newspaper Like an Inside-Dopester

Ever wondered how a newspaper is put together? Is the information in it honest? Who decides what you read -- and how?

Members only; Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Carrington (1995)

February 2016 - An Affair to Remember

This superbly acted character study explores the curious, complicated relationship between English writer Lytton Strachey and artist Dora Carrington.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 - 5:15pm

Death at La Fenice

by Donna Leon

This book launched the series of Venetian mysteries beloved by many. In his first literary outing, police commissario Guido Brunetti is called in when legendary German conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room during a performance of La Traviata!

Members Only; Free
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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

An evening with author Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan tells the Irish-American story through the life of Thomas Francis Meagher.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Irish Literary and Historical Society Free
Donors of Irish American Crossroads Festival Free
Donors of Humanities West Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Non-Fiction Book Group - Online
Monday, March 07, 2016 - 12:00pm to 12:00pm

Ocean Country: One Woman's Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas

by Liz Cunningham


After almost dying in a kayaking accident, Liz Cunningham begins an odyssey to regain her health and to learn more about the ocean that nearly killed her.

Members Only; Free; Meets Online
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Second Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Second Tuesday TED Talk

Topic TBD

Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff.

Members only; Free
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Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Sarrasine

by Honoré de Balzac


This is the story of star-crossed lovers Ernest-Jean Sarrasine, a young sculptor who travels to Rome, and Zambinella, a stage actress who becomes his muse.

Members Only; Free
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Activities
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 11:00am

2016 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

This championship will let aspiring young chess players compete for prizes, trophies, and the respect of their peers!

Free

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Crossing

by Michael Connelly

A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to a former gang member turned family man. Though the murder rap seems ironclad, the defendant’s lawyer is sure it's a setup. Retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch reluctantly takes the case – and finds more than he bargained for.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Advanced Browsing: Mastering Web Mechanics

If you’re daydreaming of taking off on the open road of the information superhighway without a care in the world because your passwords are strong, and you can tell when a site is trying to trick you into giving up your information, then this class is for you.

Members only; Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Suspended Sentences

by Patrick Modiano

Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place.

Members Only; Free
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Classes
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Gale Business Insights: Essentials

Obtain extensive company news and business/competitor intelligence, SWOT analyses, in-depth industry profiles, as well as market share data, product and brand information, parent/subsidiary relationships, comprehensive financial overviews and performance ratings in this resource whose coverage is international in scope.

Members only; Free

Activities
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Wine, Women, and Start-ups

An Exhibition and Networking Event for Women

March is National Women's History Month, and in order to celebrate, we'd like to honor the ladies in tech who are making history.

Members & Public Free
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